Myra J. Powell

Myra J. Powell

President/CEO

Myra J. Powell, MSW, ACSW, has over 25 years of practice experience, twenty with a local department of social services in both adult and child welfare direct service delivery, case management, supervision, division management, and administration. She worked for 5 years in university social work academia, conducting public welfare-related training and research, as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate programs. She founded Vanguard Professional Staffing in 1999.

Debbie Price Longo

Debbie Price Longo

Senior Area Manager, Placement Team

Debbie P. Longo, BSW, ACBSW is a Senior Placement Manager. She worked for a county social services for over 24 years as a social worker, supervisor, Child Welfare Program Manager. She has been a trainer and educator since 1998, and trained social workers in child protection for the State of North Carolina. She worked in protective services with abused children, adopted children, and foster children and their families, as well as family planning, domestic violence, rape and incest counseling. She is a certified MAPPS/GPS trainer. She has managed staffing in multiple states and urban and rural settings.

Susan D. Parker

Susan D. Parker

Area Manager, Placement Team

Susan D. Parker, BSW, brings years of experience in direct social work practice, supervision, management. She also has expertise in federal grant writing, grant management, and grant reporting, as well as in employment programs administration.

Sharon J. Bartholomew

Sharon J. Bartholomew

Administrative Assistant

Sharon J. Bartholomew has years of administrative experience in private business and public health. Her primary role is the communication with, and validation of, candidates who apply with Vanguard.

Ashton Creech

Ashton Creech

Administrative Assistant

Ashton Creech, BSBA in Management, joined us as our Administrative Assistant in January 2019. She also serves as an assistant in our Out-of-County Foster Care Department and uses her background as an English minor in her role of reviewing contracts. She brings experience in customer service and social media, which she utilizes as our phone operator and social media coordinator.

Sarah Peede

Sarah Peede

Payroll and Finance Lead Administrator

Sarah Peede, BA in Business Applications, brings management and accounting skills to her role as Payroll and Finance Lead Administrator. She serves as Vanguard's employee and agency contact for payroll and invoicing and assists in the technical operations of the company.

Tara Weller

Tara Weller

Business Manager & Recruiter

Tara Weller became our full-time recruiter in May 2018, after three years as an administrative assistant to both our business office and placement team. Prior to that, she spent eleven years in the educational field. Her organizational and communication skills aid in identifying and screening qualified candidates and assisting job seekers with the application process as their first point of contact, as well as overseeing the company's day-to-day business operations.